Icculus wrote:It also won't help you get PI, will be essentially useless if you strike out (as a friend of mine found out), and in general is there mainly to organize OCI on a macro level (and they even can screw that up; see the great K&E interview debacle of 2013).
On the flip-side, they can be helpful for resume reviews and general conversations about your bidlist, but you need to be proactive with them. They do know things about firms, esp in Chicago, so I'd say worth the little time it takes to include them in your plan, but I wouldn't rely on them exclusively. FWIW when I was in fear of striking out, they Dave was especially helpful in culling a list of firms in Chicago to mass-mail.
Also, it's too early to start really worrying, once your last final is submitted, then get started on this.